Riverview Sales and Marketing Manager
• Kugelman was raised in Western Wayne County and graduated from Plymouth Canton High School. A left-handed pitcher, he was a standout baseball player, earning awards for All-League, All-District and senior year most valuable player.
• Kugelman was recruited to play baseball and serve as relief pitching closer for Ohio State University. He played two years, was invited to training camp by the Florida Marlins in 1993 and was scouted by other Major League teams.
• He transferred to Madonna University in Livonia, continued playing college baseball and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in marketing in 1995.
• Kugelman “grew up in the world of retail.” For more than 20 years, he worked in the consumer packaging goods industry, with his main firms being Coca-Cola and Wrigley Mars, two primary global marketing powerhouses. Building major brands and working on key accounts such as Meijer, Kroger and warehouse clubs are expected to pay dividends at the Riverview Land Preserve, which is a brand in itself and relies on customer service.
• ”I’m a big vision, big idea kind of guy,” Kugelman said. “Everything I do is thorough. There’s been a sense of urgency imbedded in me since I started my working career. I’m all about communication, transparency and ‘truth is the best resolve.’ Those are the high standards I live by. I expect the same from my customers.”
• ”My goal is to take in safe material, the right amount at a fair and competitive price,” he said. “I have a moral compass. I am very conscious of the subdivisions around the Land Preserve. I take that role responsibly.”
• Away from work, Kugelman has coached Catholic Youth Organization baseball and football for 10 years along with travel baseball. He’s now a pitching coach working teaching 16-year-olds with “nothing but a positive outlook.”
• ”In the CYO, you’re part of a team, you’re involved in competition and you face time management. There are lot of lessons with a sports team.” He compared it to the team Dobek has built and engages in Riverview, adding that “an engaged employee is a productive employee.”